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Favourite quotations 'Be brief (avoid unnecessary prolixity)' - Grice

'If only I had the theorems I should find the proofs easily enough' - Riemann

'A cage went in search of a bird' - Kafka

"Proof precedes the naive conjecture" - Lakatos

"If we could see ourselves as others see us, we would vanish on the spot" - Cioran

"...[T]he more listeners, the more passionless and sterile the account. To make it suit stereotype. The dreadful would look grand and the incomprehensible and obscure in the human being would be instantly explained. I would find myself in a desert of the past, filled with nothing but monuments." - Svetlana Alexievich

"Would you dare let the dead outlive you? You are someone's ancestor, act accordingly" - Amir Sulaiman

"Nothing that lived and breathed was truly objective, even in a vacuum, even if all that possessed the brain was a self-immolating desire for the truth." - Jeff Vandermeer